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Indiana school funding fix should come from bottom up

When it comes to public education, money always seems to be an issue. For those on the front lines teaching our children, reaching them and unveiling to them the potential they possess, we owe them every reasonable resource we can afford.

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Test aside, students need to understand civics

That students should know these things seems reasonable, even if a better alternative might be to simply make sure the information is included in other state-mandated tests facing high school students already.

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Let parents decide where education money should go

Given this public largess, it is fair for taxpayers to ask, “What do we get for this money?” Well-educated children are worth every penny. Poorly educated children, however, raise serious doubts about teachers’ salaries and benefit levels being too high.

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Rigorous teaching needed in N.J.'s low-performing schools

We must truly engage and challenge our students if we expect them to stay in school and eventually earn their wings to productive adulthood. If we do nothing else, we should demand that teachers in historically low-achieving districts are better than good. They have to be amazing, and they need to lose the worksheets and remedial work.

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School nutrition impacts our future national security

The foods and beverages that are served in Alabama's schools today could have a direct impact on our future national security. That's the leading message in a new report from Mission: Readiness. Obesity is the leading medical reason why 75 percent of young, eligible Alabama residents cannot qualify for military service.

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Bilingual education is more important than ever

For any school system with significant Spanish-speaking populations, responsible bilingual education is more important than ever. How to do it effectively is the challenge.

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Louisiana’s policies are costing schools good teachers

The current trend of Louisiana’s schools losing many of its highly effective teachers is alarming. After spending millions of taxpayer dollars on new curricula and evaluation systems, there is little evidence this money was wisely invested, particularly with teacher evaluations.

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Wisconsin's other school voucher program

The state's college voucher system, which can serve as a model for the K12 version, has let the market work itself out; if people didn't think they were getting a great education at private colleges, they wouldn't attend them. The least we can do is give low-income children that choice.

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Students and teachers on same classroom technology page, study finds

Students and teachers may not always see eye-to-eye, but they’re in agreement when it comes to technology in the classroom: more is better, according to new CompTIA research. Three-quarters of educators see positive effects of technology. Nine in 10 students say the use of technology in the classroom will be important in helping them get jobs.

Make school security invisible

Absent a significant threat, tight security instead projects a feeling of impending danger. U.S. school officials are often too quick to push such measures onto our children in terms of oversecuring schools against the threat of a shooting. Surveillance systems in schools need to be as unobtrusive as possible so as not to scare the children.

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